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Kelly M’s tip for making small spaces livable
Kelly M’s tip for making small spaces livable

Kelly M’s tip for making small spaces livable

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in a closet at some point is basically a rite of passage in New York City—whether you’re speaking hyperbolically or whether you are, like one of my friends is at this point, literally sleeping in someone’s closet. But if realizing that you’re in good company doesn’t lessen the claustrophobia, here are a few ideas…
Win their respect! or How to be the best new roommate ever.
Win their respect! or How to be the best new roommate ever.

Win their respect! or How to be the best new roommate ever.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My roommate Matt likes to remind me that he made this apartment the way it is today. “You know I made this apartment what it is today,” he’ll tell me, waving his hand towards the epic and alphabetized vinyl record collection or the well-stocked knife drawer in the kitchen like Napoleon flaunting his Arc de…
Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”
Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”

Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our new contributor Kelly M recently moved into her first apartment in Queens, New York, and shares here what she learned about using Craigslist’s “free” section: “Everyone loves Ikea. They’re relatively cheap, the stuff looks cool, and…well…they’re relatively cheap. But then you move to the city, and “relatively” cheap only gets you so far. What…
Apartment’s First Anniversary!
Apartment’s First Anniversary!

Apartment’s First Anniversary!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
To be honest, it feels like yesterday that two strangers (soon to be roommates) and I signed a yearlong lease to an Apartment in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The three of us had met on craigslist and with crossed fingers and toes, decided to make that leap from not knowing the other’s favorite color to knowing…
Moving to an off-campus apartment
Moving to an off-campus apartment

Moving to an off-campus apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you decide to move off–campus you’ll be dealing with some of the issues that any first-apartment hunter has to deal with — finding a place, signing a lease, and getting the place furnished and equipped. But moving off–campus presents its own special considerations. • First, a convenient location is even more important, because you…
My Top 10 Places to Shop for the Home
My Top 10 Places to Shop for the Home

My Top 10 Places to Shop for the Home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We all have our favorite things to shop for. Some girls like to buy shoes, while others like to buy handbags. Some guys like to buy expensive toys, while others like to buy gifts for their girlfriends. (Okay, maybe wishful thinking.) Personally, I love shopping for home products. Living in New York City with some…
How much do I need to save before moving?
How much do I need to save before moving?

How much do I need to save before moving?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We get asked this question a lot, so here’s a repeat of a post from last year. When you are planning to move out on your own you’ll need be able to cover three types of expenses: 1.) your monthly rent and utilities and 2.) all upfront fees and moving costs and 3.) furnishing your…
Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover
Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover

Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Readers, I’m in a dilly of a pickle with my roommates. So, instead of me advising you this week, I’m crossing my fingers that you can help me by playing Judge Judy. Here’s the sitch: My living room is set up so that there is a darling red velvet couch in the center. Behind the…
Home sweet home
Home sweet home

Home sweet home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We’re in! Actually, we’ve been in for two weeks, and our place still looks like a tornado came though here. But we’re working on that. Moving day, for the most part, went smoothly, but only after a rocky start. We got up early, around 7:30 a.m., to pack up the last of our stuff before…